Student achievement and retention

Students placed into Internships and Independent Studies

Academic Year
Independent Studies
Internships
2015-16
32
6
2014-15
29
1
2013-14
28
0
2012-13
20
0
2011-12
14
5
2010-11
17
11
2009-10
25
2

 

 

 

 

 

Student Success

(survey taken 6-12 months after graduation)

 
2016 Survey
Working in the FRSC field 20%
Working in a lab, not in the FRSC field 29%
Placement into Graduate or Professional School 20%
Other Employment 27%
Unemployed 3.6%
Currently placed in an Internship 0%
Total Responses 55 (of 78 graduates)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Retention

Student Retention is a measure of students that remain in the program from year to year. The national average retention rate for public Universities is 74%. VCU's Forensic Science program maintains student interest, resulting in high retention rates. Much of student loss is during the first two years, due to the challenges in the math and science courses, thus resulting in students who change majors.

Forensic Science Student Retention Data
  2013 2014 2015 2016
Total Undergraduates 440 506 359 377
Retained Students 81.4% 82% 73% 71%
       
Departed Students Statistics
Class:      
Freshmen 21% 21.3% 25.0% 25.23%
Sophomores 24% 25.8% 27.0% 23.4%
Juniors 25% 23.6% 24.0% 20.7%
Seniors 30% 39.2% 24.0% 30.6%
       
Reason:      
Change of Major 36.4% 51.7% 45.8% 52.2%
Left University 63.4% 48.3% 54.2% 47.8%